- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Fuse Coworking’s founders have turned their downtown Lincoln space into a place that brings together creative people who want a stimulating, professional place to work, grow and thrive.

Since January 2013, Fuse has offered space above a coffee shop called The Mill in the Haymarket area, the Lincoln Journal Star said (https://bit.ly/1hs1adK ). Fuse rents out the space - usually by the month - to three main types of users: telecommuters, local freelancers and startup companies.

Co-founder Bob Hinrichs on Monday described Fuse as an open, shared workspace that encourages collaboration between members. Hinrichs said the workers are members of Fuse in much same way they might be members of a gym.

A drop-in member pays $125 a month for a shared desk on which to set a laptop and access the wireless network and printer and share the other amenities.

The second membership tier costs $250 a month per person and provides a dedicated table or desk that isn’t shared. The user can store equipment on it and have access to a locking file cabinet.

The two private offices available are spoken for at the moment, Hinrichs said.

He and co-founders Andy Beecham and Matt Westenburg started Fuse because they sensed that Lincoln’s economy needed something to help it “strategically be ready for the rest of the 21st century.”

Fuse looks for members who are willing to share their knowledge and ideas and the entrepreneurial startup vibe.

One is software startup Best Option Trading, which occupies a set of desks in one corner of the Fuse offices. Best Option founder and CEO Greg Hammond is a big fan of the Fuse concept.

“It’s definitely great for an early stage company,” Hammond said.

“It’s amazing the number of personal connections we made,” Hinrichs said, describing the Fuse members.

“These are dynamic people. They’re self-starters, and they’re just interesting people,” he said.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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